Are you a doctor who sees patients with depression, anxiety or stress that has arisen as a result of work? WorkCover WA have joined Monash University as a research partner in supporting the implementation of a new NHMRC-funded Partnership trial, Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRactiCE (IMPRovE). Monash…Read More »
Following the implementation of the Insurer and Self-insurer Principles and Standards of Practice on 1 July 2020, WorkCover WA seeks to provide a cohesive set of service expectations for workplace rehabilitation providers. Draft Workplace Rehabilitation Providers Principles and Standards of Practice have been developed in consultation with a Reference Group…Read More »
While it’s important to acknowledge and reflect on the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers, WorkSafe and WorkCover WA wish to remind the Western Australian community, that the health and safety of Western Australian workplaces remains a priority, even during these unique times. When treating an…Read More »
WorkCover WA publishes fees for medical and allied health treatments, and updates these in November each year. The fees are available at https://www.workcover.wa.gov.au/resources/rates-fees-payments/#Medfees If the medical service you provide to an injured worker is not covered by WorkCover WA’s fees, you should use the code in either the Australian Medical…Read More »
WorkCover WA often receives enquiries from general practitioners, specialists and medical practice staff about how to invoice workers’ compensation patients. Generally, a worker will pay their medical invoice after a consultation or treatment, and be reimbursed by their employer’s insurance company if the claim has been accepted. However, you can…Read More »
In some Australian workplaces, employees are exposed to a diverse range of carcinogens at higher concentrations and for longer periods of time than the general public. It has been estimated that 3.6 million Australians are exposed to at least one carcinogen at work and approximately 5000 cancers each year are…Read More »
WorkCover WA regularly visits regional areas to conduct compliance inspections and provide education to stakeholders, including general practitioners and practice managers. WorkCover WA welcomes the opportunity to meet with you on these regional visits to deliver information packs, discuss any issues you may be experiencing with regards to workers’ compensation,…Read More »
The highly anticipated WorkCover WA Conference will take place on 8 and 9 May 2019 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. This year’s Conference theme ‘Facing forward’ extends an injury management focus to broader themes relevant to workers’ compensation. The Conference program reflects the diverse nature of the scheme, with…Read More »
General practitioners play an important role in the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme by supporting an injured worker’s injury management, recovery and return to work.
WorkCover WA is supporting a project to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines (the Guidelines) for diagnosing and managing work-related mental health conditions in general practice. The Guidelines are being developed by the Department of General Practice at Monash University using contemporary approaches and evidence. Once finalised, the Guidelines will be submitted…Read More »
General practitioners play an important role in supporting an injured worker to return to work. The key tool for communicating an injured worker’s progress to their employer and the insurer managing their workers’ compensation claim is the ‘Certificate of Capacity’. WorkCover WA’s latest educational video, ‘Certificates of Capacity: guidance for…Read More »
Despite the best intentions, your patient’s return to work program may not always progress as expected. In these instances, you may feel that specialised support will help them to get back to work. Workplace rehabilitation providers (WRPs) are approved by WorkCover WA to operate within the Western Australian worker’s compensation…Read More »
On 3 and 4 May 2017, 350 Western Australian workers’ compensation and injury management professionals will come together at Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth to discuss return to work challenges, best practice and to inspire contemporary initiatives. This is also an exciting opportunity for general practitioners to hear from other injury…Read More »
After a workplace injury has occurred, your patient will be relying on you to provide treatment for the injury and advice about when they can return to work.
Case conferences are an important stepping stone in alleviating any concerns and helping to plan your patient’s return to work. These face to face meetings create a clear plan for getting the worker back to work in a timely and supported manner, and help align expectations between those involved in the rehabilitation process (general practitioner, patient, employer, insurer and workplace rehabilitation provider).
WorkCover WA has issued the WorkCover WA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fourth edition (the Guidelines) with an operational date of 1 December 2016.
Do you find it difficult to engage injured workers about the benefits of returning to work? Feedback suggests you are not alone, with many General Practitioners indicating returning to work can be a sensitive subject to raise. This sensitivity makes it vital to have the conversation at an early stage…Read More »
WorkCover WA has revamped the gpsupport website and it’s now live.
Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2015. The amendments apply a 2.15 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.
Revised public hospital fees for compensable patients come into effect on 1 July 2015.
On 5 and 6 May 2015, Western Australia’s workers’ compensation and injury management community gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing injury management today.
General Practitioners (GPs) play a key role in assisting injured workers within the Western Australian workers’ compensation and injury management scheme.
Fax friendly WorkCover WA certificates of capacity are now available.
Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management (Scales of Fees) Regulations 1998 come into effect on 1 November 2014. The amendments apply a 2.83 percent increase to all medical and allied health fees, based on application of WorkCover WA’s composite index.